Fine Arts

Beginning to intermediate level classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, paper, furniture, and more. Experiment freely in our facilities and under the guidance of our instructors.

The cyanotype, one of the earliest developed photographic processes, is an accessible option for students interested in exploring alternative photography. In this workshop, students will learn basic cyanotype techniques and create their own with just sunlight and water, while learning a brief history of alternative photographic processes. During the first class session, students will apply sensitizer to paper to make solargrams and prints from desktop negatives and the images they bring along.

Saturday
Aug 1 - Aug 8
9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
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Looking to practice your figure drawing skills, but in need of a live model? Drop into the Co-op whenever your schedule allows. Throughout the year, Continuing Education sponsors the Figure Drawing Co-op, an open session for anyone interested in drawing from the live nude model. While an MCAD staff member is present to facilitate, there is no instruction provided. / No discounts or coupon codes may be applied to the purchase of a Co-op pass.

Monday, Sunday
Jun 1 - Aug 10
1:00-5:00 p.m. Sundays / 7:00-9:00 p.m. Mondays
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Throughout the year, Continuing Education sponsors the Figure Drawing Co-op, an open session for anyone interested in drawing from the live nude model.

Monday, Sunday
Jun 1 - Aug 10
1:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday / 7:00-9:00 p.m. Monday
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In this one day workshop, students will learn how to create an image on an intaglio plate using a process called "drypoint." Students are encouraged to bring drawings and doodles that they can draw directly or transfer to the plate. The drawing is then incised into the plate, and printed using an intaglio press. Non-toxic, water based inks will be used, and use of a small kitchen device will be shown (or pasta press) so that students could work on this type of project at home. No previous experience necessary. / The class will have a one-hour lunch break.

Saturday
Aug 8 - Aug 8
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (with a one hour lunch)
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The Introduction to Abstract Painting class leaves off where the "first generation" of Abstract painters ends and the "second generation" begins. In this class students will begin to unravel the meaning of that art historical designation. Is abstraction a chronological distinction, idea, or perhaps a bit more?

Wednesday
Sep 9 - Nov 11
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn! Developing the ability to draw from observation trains the eye and hand and opens a world of creative possibilities. This class is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to the techniques, tools, and vocabulary associated with drawing as a medium. Students will learn the basic elements of drawing, such as line, value, texture, and shape, while also being conscious of the overall composition of the piece. Perspective and a multitude of visual measuring techniques will be explored as strategies for seeing and drawing.

Monday
Sep 14 - Nov 16
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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This introductory class is tailored to those who have never painted and who are ready to take the plunge. Students will use oil paint to learn basic techniques of this expansive medium. The fundamental elements of color, color theory, design, form, and content will be explored through studio work and slide lectures. This is a welcoming and engaging studio-based class; come ready to paint on the first night! / Materials fee of $5 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Monday
Sep 14 - Nov 16
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Master craftspeople have been making furniture one piece at a time for centuries. There's just something about these unique works that can't be duplicated in a factory. This introductory class will examine the basic philosophy of contemporary furniture design and construction, focusing on design, drawing, building, and critique. Each student will be able to design and construct a piece of furniture using materials such as wood, glass, plastics, or off-the-shelf components. Depending on project choices, students will learn woodworking or other skills to create their designs.

Saturday
Sep 12 - Nov 14
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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This class, designed for those interested in modern calligraphy, hand-lettering, and typography in general, will teach students the basics of modern calligraphy: writing posture, ink control, and letterform structure.

Knowing calligraphy is an excellent way to become more familiar with letterforms of all types. According to master letterer Jon Contino, "Learning calligraphy will give you a much more intimate sense of each letter and it will help you to learn how to manipulate each one or many together to create a beautiful composition."

Monday
Nov 2 - Nov 16
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Intended for the studio artist, this class will introduce students to the fundamental principles of color perception and manipulation. As a class, students will discuss the history and science of color and pigment; strategies for approaching color objectively; and its emotive nature and how this can affect comprehension, aesthetic appreciation, and the production of works of art and design. The class will engage in various exercises which will address successful color matching, as well as awareness of inherent interaction between colors.

Tuesday
Oct 6 - Oct 27
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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